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HOF For Mike Piazza-Catholic

7 Jan

Mike Piazza was elected to The National Baseball Hall Of Fame at Cooperstown, NY for Year 4 Of his eligibility with 83% of Eligible Voters voting.
Ken Griffey Jr had over 90% of Eligible Voters. Congratulations to both Fine Men.A NY Mets Cap will appear on Mike Piazza’s Plaque.

William Roger Clemens is in his 4th Year of Eligibility, but managed just 45%. His #s are dropping. I guess that when he fired a 100 MPH Fastball at Mike Piazza’s Head while “Juiced”, in July, 2000, that Roger The Texas Conman might lose popularity.
His being called before The US House of Representatives & doing “The 5th Amendment Dance” didn’t help his cause. But throwing Roy Halliday “Under The Bus”, shouting “Steroids”, was not too cool. Neither was playing around with a 15 Year Old Country Singer for a few years, a smart move on his part.
By 2007, with a Rapidly Fading Career, and going down with a “Muscle Pull”, while behind in a game on his last team(Clue-The Club is located in The Melrose Section of The Bronx), it was time for The Texas Conman to hang it up.
You didn’t need Chemicals, Roger. It cost you Cooperstown.
Mike? Congrats again.

M

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“Altar Server #64-Remembering February 22nd,1998, In Memorium, Renelyn & Brother Knight Priests”

6 Jan

As part of 1st Saturday of January, 2016, I went to The 5:00PM Mass at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Parish in Forest Hills, Queens. I picked up a Parish Bulletin, went to a Pew and Sat down. I looked inside for the Weekday Schedule of Masses for Monday, January 4th, 2016, during Christmastide. According to The Novus Ordo Mass Calendar, Christmastide ends with Baptism Of The Lord on Sunday, January 10th, from whence everything becomes Ordinary Time. In The Tridentine Latin Mass Calendar, Christmastide ends on The Feast Of The Presentation of The Child Jesus In The Temple, also called Candlemas Day. And Christmastide overlaps with Septuagesima, which goes into Lent on the Road to Easter.

A Name appeared for The 8:00AM Mass, one which takes me back to Sunday, February 22nd, 1998, between the end of The 10:00AM & 11:30AM Masses.
I was in the Second Half of my Second Term as Grand Knight of Monsignor Sherman Council Knights Of Columbus #5103 of East Glendale, Queens, a Council serving The Greater Glendale-Forest Hills Region of Queens.
See, Sunday, February 22nd, 1998, is the Council 5103 Date in History when the 1st Ever Knights Of Columbus Altar Server Awards occurred. And Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Parish in Forest Hills, Queens was the Parish. All Council & a Number of 5103 Building Corporation Officers were Present for this Historic 1st Ceremony.

Between 10:53AM & 11:22AM on Sunday, February 22nd, 1998, as Grand Knight, I was Master Of Ceremonies of The 1st Ever Altar Server Awards of The Knights Of Columbus. I was operating from the Sanctuary during the Ceremony. Past Grand Knights William J. Trace(1988-1990), William T. Trace(1990-1992), Jerry Rivera(1999-2001), George Aupperle(2001-2002), Donald Gander(2007-2009), and their Families were there, plus Treasurer Gerard Bollman & his Wife & Past Grand Knight Vincent Femenella & his Wife.

Frs Daniel Weiscopf & Thomas Murtaugh, both Brother Knights from other Councils, were assisting me. Fr Weiscopf died in Early 2015 & Fr Murtaugh passed on in 2000. Sixty Three Altar Servers received The K of C Altar Server Awards & 8 People received the K of C Council Awards of Merit. Altar Server Ashley Pillsbury, who was the Special Guest Soloist for the Council 5103 Memorial Mass For The Deceased Members in 1997 & Damien Hollingsworth, who also served as an Altar Server at that Same Mass, were honoured as part of The 8 Awardees receiving the Award Of Merit.

A couple of days later, while I was on break, I was in the old Baskin Robbins at Ascan Avenue & Austin Street, when a 5th Grader, an Altar Server named Amanda Kohut, spotted me & spoke to me, stating that I forgot to give an Altar Server Award to “Renarina Carino.”

It happened the next day at the same Baskin Robbins. Amanda gave me the same reminder. The Award arrived at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Rectory the next day, signed and sealed. Fr Weiscopf presented Renelyn with her award.
Here’s the thing is that I had NEVER Met Renelyn Joy Carino.
And her Sister Altar Server, Amanda Kohut, through Persistence, saw that Renelyn was honoured.
Thank You Amanda, so very much.

On This 6th Day of January, The Feast Of The Epiphany, in 2016, in Honour of The Altar Servers of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Parish in Forest Hills, Queens, Altar Server #64, Renelyn Joy Carino, now deceased(October, 2014), was remembered by me in Prayers at the 8:00AM Mass.
Sean O’Sullivan served at the 2nd Annual Appalachia Fund Mass & became the 3rd Council Award of Merit Winner, on Sunday, May 31st, 1998.
This was then, & is now, a great Altar Server Corps. Desmond Flynn directed The Corps in 1997-1998. His Successor, David James, was “One of The 64 Award Winners.”

In Memorium:
Introibo Ad Altare Dei;
Ad Deum Qui Laetificat Juven Tutem Meum(I will go to The Altar Of God, To God Who Gives Joy To My Youth);

Sacerdoti(Priests) & Knights Of Columbus:
Fr Daniel Weiscopf(Rockaway Council 2672, D.2015);
Fr Thomas P Mutaugh(St. Anastasia Council, Douglaston, Queens, D. 2000);
Past Grand Knight George Aupperle Council 5103(2008);
Monsignor Thomas J. Gradilone, Pastor Emeritus(D. 2014);

Altar Server:
Renelyn Joy Carino(D. October, 2014);

Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, Ora Pro Nobis;

Agnus Dei, Qui Tollis Peccata Mundi, Dona Eis Requiem;
Agnus Dei, Qui Tollis Peccata Mundi, Dona Eis Requiem;
Agnus Dei, Qui Tollis Peccata Mundi, Dona Eis Requiem Aeternam;

In Nomini Patris, Et Filli, Et Spiritu Sancti, Amen!

Past Grand Knight Michael Leggett(1996-1998)

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NYC Spring Time In About 3 Hours

20 Mar

At least it’ll warm up tomorrow.
The Last Vestiges of Another Bad Winter will fade away EVENTUALLY.

M

Epiphany-Ordinary Form Mass & Easter Proclamation

5 Jan

Note that according to the Vetus Ordo or Extraordinary Form Mass Calendar, January 6th is still Epiphany and is celebrated particularly in Spanish Speaking Neighborhoods. In Italy, Gifts are exchanged on January 6th. Epiphany in the Roman Rite, Ordinary Form Mass Calendar, is two parts with Baptism Of The Lord In The River Jordan, next Sunday, January 11th, 2015, which marks the End of The Christmas Cycle. Ordinary Time takes over on Monday, January 12th.
In the Extraordinary Form Mass Calendar, the Christmas Cycle ends on Candlemas Day on February 2nd.
On January 6th(December 24th on the Julian Calendar in the Byzantine Rite, both Eastern Orthodox Christians and Byzantine Rite Catholics observe The Nativity Eve Fast, where food is abstained from until the 1st Star Of The Night is seen. The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom is held about 10:00PM in honor of The Nativity of Christ. On January 7th(December 25th, Julian Calendar), is Christmas Day with Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, in both Eastern Orthodox and Greek Catholic Churches. On Julian Calendar January 1st, which is January 14th on The Gregorian Calendar, The Feast Of St Basil The Great, with Divine Liturgy Of St. Basil The Great being offered. Epiphany, which is called Theophany, with both names commemorating the Revelation of Jesus Christ, is on January 6th, Julian Calendar(January 19th, Gregorian Calendar). Theophany celebrates the Baptism Of The Lord In The River Jordan and the Beginning of The Lord’s Public Ministry. There will be both Sunday Before Theophany and Sunday After Theophany. On The Sunday After Theophany is the Blessing of The Ceremonial Waters. I witnessed this ceremony. The water has herbs added to it. The Water is blessed and the Priest uses actual Hyssop to bless one with Water, reminding one of The Sacrament(Holy Mystery) of Baptism. One is also anointed by the Priest with Chrism to remind one of the Sacrament(Holy Mystery) of Chrismation(Confirmation). The Priest uses a Chrism Wand and anoints one’s forehead.

Fr Joseph Cunningham, Pastor Emeritus of St Gregory The Great in Bellrose, Queens and now Senior Priest In Residence at Our Lady Queen Of Martyrs, offered the 1PM Mass. The Easter Proclamation was sung by Noted Writer, Deacon Gregory Kandra.

A Good Crowd was on hand for the 1:15PM Mass.

And Christmastide in the Ordinary Form Mass continues until Next Sunday.

A Joyous Christmastide To All:

Deo Gratias!

M